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Residents urged to take up flu vaccine

November 12, 2012 2:04 PM
By Peter Black in Seaside News

It has been announced that the flu vaccine will be available from some pharmacies for the first time in Wales. Details of the pharmacies across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend that have been chosen to provide the vaccine are available from the NHS Direct website.

Those who should receive the jab include:

  • The over-65s and people in long term care
  • People with long term respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic

obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis

  • People with long term heart, renal or liver disease, neurological disease and

diabetes.

  • People with a weakened immune system due to diseases such as HIV and Aids or

cancer.

  • Health professionals, carers, pregnant women and members of voluntary

organisations who provide emergency first aid at public events should also receive

the vaccine.

If you're in any of the 'at risk' groups, then it is essential that you get the flu jab as soon as possible. It is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes. People should remember that flu remains a serious threat.